Mexico State (Spanish: Estado de México), often referred to locally as Edomex (a contraction of the full Spanish name), is one of the federal entities of the country of the same name in Central Mexico, surrounding the Federal District and Mexico City on three sides.
- 1 Toluca — capital of the state, known for its botanical gardens and many museums
- 2 Aculco — has been designated a "Magic Town" for its traditional architecture full of alleys and houses with wide patios and corridors, buildings supported by columns and cobbled streets
- 3 Amecameca — small town near the volcanoes Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl
- 4 Metepec — a touristy town known for its pottery
- 5 Texcoco — preserves vestiges of the colonial style, highlighting religious buildings of the 17th century, and remains of structures from pre-Columbian times
- 6 Tequixquiac — an important site for Catholic religious tourism and UFO fans
This state is the most populous state (almost 17 million people in 2020) in the country and the most densely populated (720/km2). There are an abundance of activities around the state, but most are concentrated around the Mexico City metropolitan area and Toluca, the state capital.
The demonym used to refer to people and things from the state is mexiquense, distinct from mexicano ("Mexican"), which describes the people or things from the country as a whole.
The Ferrocarril Suburbano is a commuter rail line that connects downtown Mexico City with northern Mexico State municipalities. Service is provided on the Buenavista Lechería line,and the Buenavista-Cuauhtitlan line. The latter serves communities such as Tultitlán, San Rafael, and Tlanepantla.
Mexico State surrounds Mexico City on three sides, so travelers usually get into the state from outside the country or from more distant parts of the country through Mexico City.
- The flowered gondolas in the floating gardens of Xochimilco are in the south of Mexico City (not Mexico State) but are still worth a trip.
- The Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System, a UNESCO World Heritage site (partially located in Hidalgo).
- The National Museum of the Viceroyalty is in Tepotzotlán, just outside Mexico City.